"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Osterberg, Alfred well-known farmer in the town of Conover, Vilas County, was born in Wasa, Finland, Oct. 12, 1867, son of Saman and Marie (OSTERBERG) OSTERBERG. The parents, both of whom are now deceased, were natives of Wasa, Finland. He was reared and educated in his native land and remained there until 1893, following various occupations, including farm work. In the fall of 1893 he came to America, landing at Halifax, Canada, and proceeding from there to Dollar Bay, Mich., where he worked in the rolling mills for four years. In 1897 he went to Montreal, Wis., where he remained until 1902, working in the iron mines. He then came to Vilas County, and after remaining in Eagle River for a short time he took up his home on land in Section 1, town of Conover, which tract he had purchased while living at Montreal. The country here was largely undeveloped at that time; the trip from Eagle River to his land he made with a team and and old wagon, the journey occupying two days. He erected a small shack to serve as a temporary residence, and at once set to work to develop his farm. During the early period of his residence here he worked for the Hackley-Phelps-Bonnell Co. during the winters and for summer resort people during the summer months, earning money to support his family and to buy a few tools with which to clear his land. He saw many hardships during those early days, money being scarce and he having a large family to support, but he has been successful in overcoming all the obstacles, and today he has a nice agricultural property, equipped with good buildings, and with a good portion of the 80 acres cleared; he is carrying on potato raising and dairying with good success. Mr. OSTERBERG was married in Wasa, Finland in September, 1892, to Marie S. FREMLING, who was his faithful companion and helpmate until she was taken by death, on Jan. 20, 1923. Eight children were borm to Mr. and Mrs. OSTERBERG: Einar, Esther, Charlie, Severin, Edward, Kjalmar, Nesley, and Hulda. Of these Hulda is now deceased; Charlie is road patrolman at Conover, and the others are living at home.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 472-473, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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